Overall assessment of machines and systems
The law does not stipulate an overall assessment of machines and systems in accordance with the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, yet a comprehensive safety assessment in the form of a self-declaration can make sense for manufacturers and operators.
During an overall assessment, conformity services will examine the existing interfaces and analyse their compatibility with the entire system.
Systems consist of assemblies, and each and every one of them is essential if the overall system is to operate properly. That is why assemblies are always considered part of the overall system in system and machine engineering. The size and complexity of an assembly can vary. It can range from a single cylinder to complex electrical or mechanical modules. In system and machine engineering, it is common practice to subdivide systems into assemblies because this brings a number of advantages:
- During design and construction, for example, each assembly can be considered individually rather than always looking at the entire system. This makes it easier to maintain an overview of the system, enabling complex system planning.
- If failures occur, only one assembly needs to be replaced rather than dismantling the entire system or even scrapping it.
- System implementation becomes much easier when only individual, smaller assemblies need to be assembled instead of building the entire system part by part.
Swiss Safety Center AG supports your company with a comprehensive portfolio of services for the overall assessment of machines and systems, accompanying you on your path to a safe, CE-marked system. We support you in implementing the requirements of the EU Machinery Directive, and we advise you on matters around CE marking, preparing a risk analysis and operating manual as well as labelling and producing an appropriate conformity declaration.
CE marking is extremely important for all companies operating in the EU market as it defines the requirements for manufacturers, distributors and products. As a Notified Body for pressure equipment and medical devices (EC 1253), Swiss Safety Center AG will support your company with all the key directives:
- Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC
- Pressure Equipment Directive 2014/68/EU
- ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU
- Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU
- EMC Directive 2014/30/EU